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Truth be told, I've never watched the show, but know a bit about the premise. Someone put together a nicely-written analysis comparing Lance Armstrong to Walter White. Both accomplished great things early in life (Lance winning the World Championship, Walt the Nobel Prize in Chemistry), both later suffered from Cancer, and, as the author says-
Somewhere along the way for both Lance and Walt it stopped being about keeping a secret and became about coercion, intimidation and evasion of authority.
Makes for very interesting reading. Reminds me of Joseph Campbell's book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, except that, instead of looking at modern cinematic heroes like Luke Skywalker or Hans Solo (or for that matter, Harrison Ford in any role at all), it would be about how Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader. Or not, since at some point we are supposed to presume Anakin Skywalker was born innocent and became bad, and not so sure many will go to much trouble to find evidence that Lance had a humble, innocent nature at a young age.
Here's the link to the story. Worth the read if you're a Breaking Bad fan. Or even if not.
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